Amata prosomoea (Turner, 1905)
(previously known as Syntomis prosomoea)
SYNTOMIINI ,   CTENUCHINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amata prosomoea
male, drawing by George F. Hampson,

Catalogue of the Amatidæ and Arctiadæ (Nolinæ, Lithosianæ) in the Collection of the British Museum,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Supplement Volume I (1900), Plate I, fig. 20,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth of this species is black with several transparent windows of variable shapes in the wings. The head can be black or yellow. The abdomen has black and yellow bands. The male has a yellow tuft on the tip of the abdomen. The female moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The male moths have a wingspan of about 3.5 cms. The hindwings are only about half the span of the forewings.

The species has been found in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Amatidae and Arctiadae (Nolinae, Lithosianae) in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Supplement 1 (1914), p. 15, No. 77a, and also Plate 1, fig. 20.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera II,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 29, Part 4 (1905), pp. 850-852, No. 27.


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    (written 11 June 2017)